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Beyond Violet

African violets are pushing the envelope when it comes to colors and flower forms. Ruffles, anyone?

Planning Commissioner

The folks in the editorial office tell me that this issue is about planning. I’m taking their word for it, since they don’t ...

Defensive Design

Defensive Design A funny thing happened to me on the way to writing one of my columns last year. I decided to draw ...

Go to the Flower Show!

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show opened this past Saturday at Navy Pier and I’m here to report that it’s worth the price of ...

Girdling the Family Tree

I need to unburden myself. No, I'm not talking about figuring out what to do with the myriad of partially filled bags of ...

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I have houseplants outside that I will need to bring indoors. What is the lowest temperature at which I can leave them outside?

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